The Madrid press revived rumors on Thursday around Erling Haaland’s arrival at Real Madrid in 2024. The Norwegian striker from Manchester City could then join La Liga thanks to a release clause, the activation of which would potentially make him the most expensive player in history ahead of Neymar.
Florentino Perez and Real Madrid’s interest in Erling Haaland has been an open secret for several years. But after having missed it in 2020 and then in 2022, the Merengue club does not want to miss the boat … in 2024. This Thursday, the newspaper AS made its front page on the future transfer of the Scandinavian phenomenon.
According to information from the Spanish media, Real made Erling Haaland a priority for the post-Benzema period. Close to extending for an additional season, the 35-year-old Frenchman would then leave his place at the forefront of the attack to the Scandinavian ‘Cyborg’. To justify the inaction of the people of Madrid in 2023, the daily also clarified that the offensive planned for 2024 coincided with the entry into force of a release clause allowing him to leave Manchester City at a lower cost.
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A record amount to recruit Haaland?
At a lower cost, of course, but Erling Haland will not be free. Even in 2024 and even if he pushed to sign for Real Madrid. Under contract with Pep Guardiola’s Skyblues until 2027, the Norwegian could leave the English club if this clause is activated. But to snatch it from the Premier League it will be necessary to take out the checkbook.
Still according to information from AS, the price to recruit the one who has already scored 37 goals in 42 games in all competitions this season would be between 220 and 240 million euros. If Real actually launches an attack on Erling Haaland in just over a year, the Norwegian could therefore well become the most expensive player in the history of football ahead of the stars of PSG Neymar (€222m) and Kylian Mbappe (€180m).
Apart from potentially erasing the Brazilian’s record dating back to 2017, Erling Haaland could well be the new addition to a Real Madrid of Galacticos 3.0. AS did not forget to remind you: an arrival of the Norwegian would remain completely independent of the situation of Kylian Mbappé.
After having extended to Paris in 2022, the Frenchman remains on the shelves of Real Madrid. Under contract at PSG until 2024, he could also take the road to Spain then … and be associated with Erling Haaland.
The five most expensive transfers in history:
1. Neymar from Barcelona to PSG for €222m
2. Kylian Mbappé from Monaco to PSG for €180m
3. Ousmane Dembélé from Dortmund to Barcelona for €140m
4. Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool to Barcelona for €135m
5. Joao Felix from Benfica to Atlético for €127m